ALAMEDA -- The Raiders are averaging a mere 4.4 yards per punt return through three preseason games.Roscoe Parrish has averaged 12.0 yards per punt return in an NFL career that began in 2005.So with Parrish signed by Oakland, problem addressed, right?"I like the fact that there for a couple of years he was in the tops of the league in terms of being able to return the ball," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "The fact that he can get under it and catch it and make a move and get upfield and gain some yards for us in the return game."And that's an area that we've got to get better at."In 2007 and 2008, Parrish's punt-return averages of 16.3 yards and 15.3 yards for Buffalo led the NFL and, according to the Bills, he was the first player in league history to lead the NFL in punt-return yard average in consecutive years.Last year, though, his season came to an end in Week 2 due to an ankle injury suffered on a 16-yard reception against the Raiders."It was in the first quarter on a screen pass," Parrish said. "On the next play I tried to line up, I heard a click in my ankle and that was the last of it."Parrish, 30, insists he's healthy and ready to go, even as he was cut by San Diego Monday morning."Woke up as a Charger, went to sleep as a Raider," Parrish said. "That's how I look at it."And the Raiders look at Parrish as a potential answer at punt returner.Jacoby Ford was getting a look early in camp, but he injured his left foot at Arizona in the second exhibition game. And no one else has really stood out. Plus, as a slot receiver, the 5-feet-10, 168-pound Parrish could be the Raiders' sixth receiver.But the emphasis is on returning punts."When I go back there, I have to make something happen and my instincts, my quickness, I just use it to my advantage and just try to be a playmaker and just try to put the offense in good field position because that's the key," he said. "Sometimes you don't want to do too much, because a punt return is like an extra down for the offense."I feel like I ain't lost my skill set. It's all about opportunities."Of course, getting cut by the Chargers and signed by the Raiders will make for a juicy subplot come the season opener on Sept. 10."No doubt," Parrish said. "I'm ready. So ready. So ready. That's all I can say."
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.